HC Deb 18 January 1978 vol 942 cc450-1
33. Mr. MacCormick

asked the Lord Advocate what number of part-time procurators fiscal at present serve in Scotland; and if he is satisfied with their remuneration and conditions of service.

The Lord Advocate

There is only one part-time procurator fiscal, and he is located at Oban. I am reasonably satisfied with his remuneration and conditions of service.

Mr. MacCormick

Does not the right hon. and learned Gentleman agree that, particularly because of the change in the system of district courts, the work load of the part-time procurators fiscal has significantly increased? In view of the present remuneration, would it not have been fair and proper to make the necessary changes to remuneration and conditions of service?

The Lord Advocate

Factors of that kind are taken into account because the remuneration of a part-time fiscal is related to a suitable point in the full-time procurator fiscal scale. The matter to which the hon. Gentleman has referred is not unique to part-time procurators fiscal. This increase in business has taken place throughout the Procurator Fiscal Service.

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